Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Happy Easter Sunday everyone! I hope it is filled with joy and happiness. Although I am far from my family in MD I was overwhelmed this weekend by the love from all my Charlotte friends inviting me to celebrate with them…I am one lucky girl!

Last week my friend Brittney sent me a recipe she had seen on Pinterest that she wanted to try for strawberries with a cheesecake filling. Here is the original recipe. We tweaked it a little for the ingredients we had. They turned out absolutely delicious so here is the recipe!

  • 1lb strawberries
  • 6 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 graham cracker sheets

First, you wash the strawberries and carve out the middle!

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To make the strawberries stand up, even off the bottom tip with a knife.

 

In a mixer, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well combined. Add to piping bag or a ziplock baggy then cut the tip to fill the strawberries up.

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Once filled, sprinkle crushed up graham crackers on top!

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The lb of strawberries made only 12 strawberries so if you want to serve this at a party I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe as they are deliciously fresh and go fast! Happy Easter Sunday!

Cake Batter Smoothie.

I have been MIA, and there is no good explanation other than that this is honestly the first time I have had to just sit on the couch and open my computer! My friend Brittney and I have been having a lot of fun recently with recipes and I wanted to share this smoothie with you that I have now made 4 days in a row… CAKE BATTER SMOOTHIE! Now in these 4 days we have played with different ingredients so below is the combination of ingredients that we found to be the absolute best! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients for two delicious smoothies (~230 calories):

1 frozen banana cut into chunks

1 regular banana

2 cups Blue Diamond Almond Milk Unsweetend Vanilla

1 cup Chobani Nonfat Greek Yogurt Vanilla

1 packet fat free sugar free vanilla jello

sprinkles to top 

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Mix all ingredients in blender. Serve in cute mason jars (or whatever you fancy) and top with sprinkles! Britt and I enjoyed these with popcorn on our Friday night movie night!

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Peanut Butter Dip!

This past Wednesday I hosted for our bible study group and wanted to find a quick, easy, healthy snack for the night! I found a recipe for a peanut butter dip (I honestly cannot tell you where I read this, it was somewhere on the world wide web and added my own touch!)

Ingredients: Nonfat plain greek yogurt, crunchy PB, honey

Mix 1 cup greek yogurt and 1/2 cup crunch PB together until well combined. Refrigerate overnight. Bring out of fridge ~ 30 minutes before serving. Drizzle honey on top and mix again. Serve with whatever your heart desires! (I cut up strawberries, bananas and apple slices )

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Not as pretty as it is delicious

 

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HotLanta & Cakes

I spent this past weekend traveling to Atlanta for my former Duke Classmate’s wedding! Barrett married Marcia at a beautiful location in Flowery Branch, GA that was the perfect setting to celebrate love! Thanks to you two for allowing me to celebrate with you!

I woke up Saturday morning and did a circuit workout in the Omni Hotel Downtown gym. I did 20 minutes HIIT on the elliptical for 20 minutes followed by three circuits (three times through each).

Circuit one: hanging leg lifts (x20), Russian twists with 20lb weight (x20each side) and arm extension with sit up with 20lb weight (x20), Circuit two: squats with calf raise with 20lb weight (x20), booty blasters (x20 each leg), jumping jacks (x100)                                    Circuit three: lat pull downs (x20), row machine (x20)

Before the wedding, my friend Holly and I walked around Piedmont Park which was absolutely gorgeous and filled with many people walking, running, rollerblading, dog walking and sunbathing!

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The week before I had busy nights packed in with workouts and plans. I helped my dear friend Brittney make these delicious (I did not eat any unfortunately but was told they were good ;)) Red Velvet Cupcakes. I used the recipe from Browneyedbaker.com that I used before and blogged about on this post

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Manic Monday! I have a lot of good recipes I plan on making this week, can’t wait to share them with y’all!

Homemade Protein Bars

Let’s face it… as delicious as Quest bars and all those other good ones are, they are so expensive! I did some research and found this recipe on Paige Hathaway’s website (a fitness model who I have enjoyed following!) Her recipe calls for peanut butter but since I gave that up for lent I substituted almond in for it! The bars are very gooey so I have a few suggestions for the future recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 TBSP honey 
  • 1 cup natural almond butter
  • 2 cups oats (I used only 1 cup and I feel the oats could help bind the bars better or add some other nuts/cranberries)
  • 2.5 scoops Chocolate protein powder (I used Isopure)

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Recipe:

Melt milk, honey and almond butter over low heat until well combined, stirring frequently. Add oats and protein powder. Pour mixture into 8×8 dish (I sprayed mine with PAM for easy removal). Let sit in frig overnight. I enjoyed one on my car ride from Maryland back to Charlotte today! They do get a little gooey if not kept in the frig FYI :)

 

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Milk and Honey

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Adding the Almond Butter

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Combine and simmer

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Mix in oats and powder

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YUM

 

Happy SundaY!

Happy Pi(e) Day!

I am home in Maryland and enjoying a nice relaxing day off. Today is 1. International Sleep day and 2. Pi Day (March 14….3/14…get it?!) Ps. Next Pi Day will be 3.14.15 which is actually the next two numbers in the pi sequence (that calls for major celebrations). I slept in until a whopping 8 AM then was awoken by a lovely woodpecker… but I decided I would celebrate Pi Day in true Holy Cross fashion. I found this SouthernLiving “lightened up” Key Lime recipe. Here it is… enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 ounce can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust (I used Keebler Reduced Fat)

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ingredients

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pie crust

Mix all ingredients (except crust) in blender. Pour into crust.

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For some reason this was my favorite part… my parents have the best kitchen tools!

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Easy!

ImageBake at 350 for ~10 minutes until Pie is set. Remove then place on cooling rack ~1 hour. You can top with anything I simply sliced up some lime pieces for the top!

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Easy as Pie! Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!

Hard Work

This week has been unbelievably crazy and I realized this is the first time I have sat at my computer since Monday! I hope you all have been enjoying this week (despite the crazy weather!) I wanted to share with y’all my new discovery. Last post, I showed you my new over the closet pull up bar that I have been using for leg lifts. In the beginning of the week I discovered that I could not only do leg lifts but I could actually do an unassisted pull up. I shared this news with my trainer Ro and he snapped a picture of it for me at the gym.

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The crazy part of it all is that just 3 months ago I still needed a little boost at my knees to complete them. The craziest part of it all is I have in no way or shape trained in that specific movement. All that I have been doing for overall strengthening has truly paid off in ability to do pull ups and dips! woo! So keep up at whatever training you are doing because it works towards your goals but also gives you unexpected surprises! Video to come…